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The Myths and Gods of India: The Classic Work of Hindu Polytheism (Princeton/Bollingen Paperbacks) [Paperback]

Alain Danielou
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31 Oct 1991 Princeton/Bollingen Paperbacks
The study of Hindu mythology explores the significance of the most prominent Hindu dieties as they are envisioned by the Hindus themselves. Referred to by its adherents as the "eternal religion," Hinduism recognizes for each age and each country a new form of revelation--and for each person, according to his or her stage of development, a different path of realization.

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions Bear and Company (31 Oct 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892813547
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892813544
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 19 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 409,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A pleasure to behold and an invigorating experience to read. -- American Anthropologist

If you read only one book on Hinduism, it must be Danielou's Myths and Gods of India. -- Tyr, August 2002

About the Author

Alain Danielou was an intimate of Stravinsky, Cocteau, and Nabokov in his early years, then spent twenty years in India studying music and philosophy with eminent scholars of the Hindu tradition. He is the author of more than thirty books on the religion, history, and arts of India and the Mediterranean, including "While the Gods Play," "Gods of Love and Ecstasy," "Yoga: Mastering the Secrets of Matter and the Universe," and "The Complete Kama Sutra." Danielou was the founder and director of the International Institute for Comparative Musicology in Berlin, and was a Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur, Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, and Officier du Merite National.

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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
If you will only bye one book about the Hindu Pantheon, bye this one!! What can I say. It is the most impressive book about the subject. You will get a lot more than you came for. In fact, you will get the key to Hindu Philosophy as well as a detailed description on any Devi, Deva, Demon or Androgyne you can think of. You can use it as an introduction on Hindu Mythology. As an advanced student, you cannot live without it, because Daniélou has the angle to Hindu Mythology, and the deeper knowledge based on the scriptures, that most would have to spend half a lifetime to consider the importance of. Here you get it on a silver platter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic work 9 Oct 2013
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If you have no other book on your shelves this will keep you entertained for years. A constant reference work. Shcolarly and accessible. Danielou has done what many indologists have tried to do and succeeded with grace and inspiration. whether you want to find the original sources for material on the Gods, or simply the relationships between them this is a wonderful classic work on the subjkect. Equal to Kerenyi's work on Greek mythology. Extensive references to orinal material and easily accessible even to the non-scholar. uy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite the original 11 Aug 2000
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Not only a wonderful reference book, but also enjoyable just to read straight through. It covers myths and gods, philosphy, mantras, yantras, worship and rituals, and includes 32 pages of black-and-white photographs of Indian sculptures of the gods. It has an excellent 41-page index. The only reason I give it 4 stars instead of 5 is that it omits 89 pages of Sanskrit text that appear in the original hardcover Bollingen edition as an appendix, and that are referenced throughout the body of the book. Otherwise it is an exact copy of that classic work. Most readers will probably not mind this omission, but Sanskrit scholars will find it disappointing and would be well advised to seek out a copy of the original hardcover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Myths and Gods of India : The Classic Work on Hindu Poly 1 Aug 2000
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Of the three works of this author that I have read (Siva & Dionysus, The Phallus and this one), this is by far his best and shows him at his best. It is eloquent, lucid, comprehensive and inspiring. Unlike the other two books, this one is obviously written with a passion for his subject, and, also unlike the other two books, it has an index (!) which makes it accessible! A great reference book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative Research Materials 4 Jun 2010
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This book provided an in-depth look at several specific Hindu Gods. A very well written, comprehensive book that those unfamiliar with Hinduism will understand. If anyone is researching Hinduism, this book is essential.
5.0 out of 5 stars Mandatory reading for yoga teachers 17 Feb 2014
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I read a review that stated they wanted a simpler explanation for Hinduism. Well friend; there ISN'T one. Hinduism is deep, rich, culturally dynamic, and is far too expansive to be simplified any more than this. I cannot express to you the value that this book has had on my life and understanding, as someone who practices, teaches, and now trains teachers in yoga. This book saved me from so much confusion, and I am vastly thankful for it. If you want to rob yourself by reading another book, go ahead. If you want to understand what THIS is, and what it's about, where it came from, and how to relate it to your own life and philosophy, then buy this book and read it at your own pace. It's well worth it. It's the finest piece of literature I own, and I own many. Alain Danielou is an absolute marvel of intellectual brilliance, and he is a fantastic literature artist... this book is a thing of beauty.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hidden Treasure, uncovered. 30 Dec 2013
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The work done on this subject, in to day's atmosphere and for the people who do not have or have a very little interest in the subject will be an eye opener, telling that "THOSE WHOM WE CALL PRIMITIVE" were more dedicated to the "LIFE THEY WERE LIVING" and their thinking was not limited to their physical requirements but beyond...........
A great work specially for young generations.
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